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The Black family : essays and studies
Staples, Robert.
Personal Author:
Sixth edition.
Publication Information:
Belmont, CA : Wadsworth Pub. Co., [1999]

Physical Description:
viii, 376 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
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A diverse collection of readings on trends and issues surrounding the African American family. This book provides a combination of empirical research and scholarly essays on such diverse issues in the African American community as the Black male's role, interracial relationships, poverty, AIDS, and the health status of Black women.

Table of Contents

Part I The Changing Black Family
1 The Study of Black Families
The Tangle of Pathology
Sociocultural Factors in Black Family Transformation: Toward a Redefinition of Family Functions
2 Historical Background
The Myth of the Absent Family
Women and Slavery in the African Diaspora
Part II The Dyad
3 Dating and Sexual Patterns
Socio-Cultural Factors Affecting Sexual Risk Taking in Black Men and Women: Results from Two Empirical Studies
The Black Women's Relationship Project: A National Survey of Black Lesbians
4 Gender Roles
In a Community of Women: A Biographical Note
Extended Family Support Among Older Black Females
Black Male Masculinity and Same Sex Friendships
5 Male-Female Relationships
Single and Married: The Black Male's Acceptance of the Prince Charming Ideal
Coping: Stressors and Depression Among Middle Class African-American Men
6 Marriage and Divorce
Separated Black Women: Do They Reconcile With Their Husbands? Black Men After Divorce: How Do They Cope?
7 Black and White Relationships
Interracial Relationships: A Convergence of Desire and Opportunity
The End of Africanity? The Biracial Assault on Blackness
Part III The Family
8 The Maternal Role
The Meaning of Motherhood in Black Culture
African-American Daughter-Mother Relations and Teenage Pregnancy: Two Faces of Premarital Teenage Pregnancy
Incarcerated Black Mothers and Their Children
9 The Paternal Role
Other Fathers: An Alternative Perspective on African American Community Caring
To Be, or Not to Be There: Understanding the Gap Between Adolescent Paternal Aspirations and Performance
10 The Extended Family
Grandmother Functions in Multigenerational Families
An Exploratory Study of Black Adolescent Mothers and Their Infants
Deep Structures of African-American Family Life:Female and Male Kin Networks
11 Adolescence and Personality Development
A Comparison of Trends in Living Arrangements for White and Black Youth
Sex and Class Differences in the Socialization Experiences of African American Youth
12 Family Violence
Domestic Violence in Black American Families: The Role of Stress
African American Men who Batter: Treatment Considerations and Community Response
13 Social and Economic Issues
Patterns of Change in the Postindustrial Black Family
World Without Work: Causes and Consequences of Black Male Joblessness
14 Health Issues
Low Birth Weight and Infant Mortality in the African American Family: The Impact of Racism and Self Esteem
Social Correlates of Black Women's Health Status
Part IV Black Families and The Future
15 Alternative Lifestyles
From Teenage Parenthood to Polygamy: Case Studies in Black Polygamous Family Formation
Sociocultural Facets of the Black Gay Male Experience
16 Public Policy and Social Problems
Racial Inequality, Welfare Reform and Black Families: The 1996 Personal Responsibility and Work Reconciliation Act
Social Inequality and Black Sexual Pathology: The Essential Relationship